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Records Unit Documentation: Dashboarding

September 2019 John Lynkiewicz, Records Manager Colorado State Patrol Print PDF Often and unfortunately when it comes to resources, law enforcement records units do not fare well in the scramble for staffing or funding. Often because of the nature of what we do as a...

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Records Management Plans Are a Must

Brian Cash Director of Training June 2019 Download PDF Does your agency push a lot of paper? Print things out unnecessarily? Create files for records which are already in a system? PRI teaches a lot about the importance of establishing a records management plan. It...

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Tech Projects: planning ahead with the right people in place

Edward Claughton, President PRI Management Group July 2018 print PDF It's 2018 and yet another tech revolution is upon us. The question is will law enforcement make the changes necessary to  traverse it correctly. It is astonishing how many police agencies are to this...

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Does your prosecutors’ office require the “original”?

Edward Claughton, President PRI Management Group March 2018 Print .PDF Arrest forms. Booking records. Statements. Bonds. Affidavits. It's time our prosecutors' offices get with the times and start accepting electronic records. Across the country our court systems are...

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Transforming a police agency one record at a time

Edward Claughton, President PRI Management Group November 2017 Collaborative reform. Consent decrees. The need for these is often based on issues that run deep within and throughout the agency, not on isolated problems that are one dimensional. They are matters which...

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Applying for NCS-X Grants

Edward Claughton, President PRI Management Group February 2017 Print .PDF In the past year or so, PRI has received several calls from agencies seeking grants related to converting to NIBRS through the NCS-X initiative. Accordingly, we are sharing the guidance we...

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Got an RMS that isn’t used as it should be?

Edward Claughton, President PRI Management Group February 2017 Print .PDF Investment in a records management system can range from as low as $35,000 for a very small agency up to millions for a large one.  So with this expenditure, why do so many agencies not use the...

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Law Enforcement is Failing at Crime Reporting

Edward Claughton, President PRI Management Group November 2016 At the center of the law enforcement profession is the proper reporting of crime. Doctors report medical data, schools report student data and police report crime data. Law enforcement is failing miserably...

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On quality control of records: agencies still failing

Edward Claughton, President PRI Management Group August 2016 Case-in-point: CalGang Database Police agencies which refuse to recognize that quality control of police reports should include Records personnel correcting errors are begging for problems.  Quality control...

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On report writing: who is “this officer…”?

PRI Management Group August 2016 It's 2016 and we're still talking about police reports written in the 3rd person.  After reading literally thousands upon thousands of police reports in our work as police records consultants and auditors, we've seen our fair share of...

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